Travelling with the kids this holiday season? Chances are you can’t wait to relax but want to avoid the stress of packing. Never fear though - with a few handy tips and tricks you’ll be on your way with ease.
There’s no doubt about it, packing for a family holiday can be a daunting task. If you’re preparing to jet off to an exotic location, a long-haul flight raises the stress stakes. Though you may feel like taking everything but the kitchen sink, simplifying the process is the way to go.
Write a list of Essentials to ensure you don’t get carried away packing unnecessary items ‘just in case’.
Write a List of Essentials
While writing a list of essential items, rather than think about what you might need, base it around what you actually use in a normal day. Look in the shower, the medicine cabinet or the nursery and jot down the must haves. This will ensure your mind doesn’t fall into the trap of packing unnecessary items, ‘just in case’.
It really does pay to invest in luggage that suits your purposes perfectly. If you’re flying or taking a train or bus, research weight limits, size requirements and carry-on regulations, before you choose anything. Also, consider containers for items such as baby formula, which are generally allowed in carry-on bags, however quantities may vary between airlines.
When you know what you’re dealing with, the key to organised packing is to group everything into easily identifiable areas. For example, take one small bag or backpack for everyone’s essentials, including passports, itineraries, wallets, first-aid requirements and prescription medication.
No matter how many suitcases you require, separate each person’s items with bags. Before you pack clothes, underwear and shoes, lay everything out in a pile. The bigger it gets, the easier it is to eliminate anything you don’t need, as you’re faced with fitting it in and having to carry it.
Combine all toiletries into a compact bag or two. Unless you have special requirements, buy travel-sized goods for everyone to share, so you can throw away the containers before you return. Often, it’s heavy toiletry items that set your luggage over the weight limit (not to mention acting as the prime culprit for a ‘zip fight’ with your bag).
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Involve the Kids in Packing
If they’re old enough, there’s nothing more exciting for kids than having their own luggage. Though initially this might seem like an extra burden, it can make travel much easier.
A small children’s bag is perfect for keeping snacks and entertainment options within easy reach, especially for long airport delays, flights and road trips. Plus, you stand a much better chance of having a peaceful journey, when they have their own bag of goodies. Keep in mind that items such as strollers and portable cots are available for hire in most destinations, which may be easier than taking your own.
‘Less is more’ really is the best mantra for successful family holiday packing and an enriching experience out on the road.